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Why do some office workers develop carpal tunnel syndrome?

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Most office workers use their wrists, hands and fingers to perform their job duties. The median nerve that traverses from the arm through the wrist can be vulnerable to pressure buildup. Too much pressure on the median nerve can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you have worked in an office for more than a few years, you might know someone who has developed CTS. You might not realize, however, that certain factors increase a person’s chances of acquiring CTS.

Factors that contribute to CTS

According to the Mayo Clinic, CTS comes with weakness, numbness and tingling in a person’s hands or arms. Obviously, these symptoms can make it exceedingly difficult to perform your job duties. The following might make you more vulnerable to CTS:

  • Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, lymphedema or menopause
  • Gender, as CTS inflicts more women than men
  • Obesity
  • Injuries, like wrist fractures or arthritis

Jobs that require repetitive movements also can cause CTS. As a result, if you spend a great deal of time at a computer, you may have an elevated probability of developing the condition.

Effective treatment options

Even though CTS might make it difficult to work, you probably have some treatment options. For minor cases of the condition, wrist supports and braces can help. An ergonomic office chair and computer keyboard also may offer some relief. If you have a severe case of CTS, though, you are likely to need surgery.

While obtaining treatment for CTS can be both time-consuming and expensive, you should not put off the care you need to recover. Ultimately, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help you through your recovery process.